Performance Indicators and Risks & Assumptions

Previous Performance Indicators A Performance Indicator is a measure of the result. It gives a sense of what has been or what is to be achieved. For example, the number of households keeping their surroundings clean and hygienic or the number of women participating in training programs. There are two types of indicators, namely, “Process Indicators” and “Results Indicators.” Process indicators define the indicators for a process or an activity like ‘number of women participating in … [Read more...]

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Strategies and Activities

Previous Proposals are required to outline how the objectives of the project would be achieved. Here, it will be necessary to mention the strategies and the activities to be implemented in the project. There is lot of difference between strategies and activities. Strategies are broad concepts under which activities are placed. Strategies in a project can include: Capacity-building/ awareness raising Organizational development Research & Development Advocacy Victim Support … [Read more...]

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Writing Project Objectives

Previous Project Objectives should be: SMART: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Time-bound. Project objectives are the specific objectives for which the project works to achieve them within a stipulated time. They should directly address the problem mentioned in the Problem Statement. They should be specific: the more specific it is the better to design activities, indicators and the Logical Framework Analysis. Specific objectives also help address the problem stated and … [Read more...]

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Project Goal

Previous A project goal is a very general, high-level and long-term objective of the project. It is different from project objectives because the latter are very specific and have to be addressed alone by the project. But a goal cannot be achieved by the project on its own since there will be other forces like the Government and other agencies as well working to achieve it. It is a major benchmark to compare work between different projects. Usually there is one project goal only and it can be … [Read more...]

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Explaining the Problem Statement in the Proposal

Previous Sometimes, we may find difficulties in writing the exact problem we intend to address in the proposed project. It happens this way that the problem we are mentioning in the proposal is not a problem at all, but is actually an effect of another problem. For example, suppose there is high child mortality rate in our project area and we wish to put up a proposal on it, we cannot mention this as a problem because this is an effect of a problem, while the problem is something else. In … [Read more...]

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Writing Problem Statement/Project Rationale in a Proposal

Previous The Problem Statement/Project Rationale gives an explanation about the issue that is being addressed by the project. It also argues in favour of implementing the project in the proposed area in the existing conditions. It is very critical that we give evidence to what we are writing in this section of the proposal. Evidence can be in form of other research, existing literature or data collected by the organization itself. The following are some important points that need to be … [Read more...]

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The Actual Proposal

Previous A general format of the proposal consists of the following parts: 1. Problem Statement 2. Rationale or Justification for implementing the Project 3. Project Goal & Objectives 4. Strategy & Activities 5. Results: Outputs and Outcomes 6. Budget This basic format of a proposal has expanded covering many concepts and issues, confronting project funding and project implementation. As new experiences are gathered by donors in project implementation and funding … [Read more...]

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Writing about Ourselves: the Organization

Previous New individuals working on proposals in a particular NGO may face problems in writing about organizational background. They prefer to just copy previous information into this particular section of the proposal. However, this information may be sometimes outdated. You may have forgotten to add an important NGO activity. Besides, many times, there are facts about our organizations which we ourselves are unaware of. We do quite a lot of research on the beneficiaries and the donor … [Read more...]

Before Writing a Proposal

Previous Before we start writing a proposal, it is important for us to do some research. No matter how small or big the project is some kind of references to existing literature or data should be made. Usually, it is expected that the NGO has enough information at hand about the problem or the project before writing the proposal. Yet, NGOs have to gather all related information about the issue they are working on and the sit down to write the proposal. In some cases, donors sponsor … [Read more...]

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Problems in Writing Proposals

Previous Before we start learning about proposal writing, it will serve our purpose if we outline the exact difficulties we face working on the proposal. The following are the common problems we face while trying to write a proposal: Confused about the format? There are as many proposal formats as there are a number of donors and each donor as a different format. Although the basic information requested by various donors is generally the same, yet we often encounter snags that make … [Read more...]